Posts Tagged ‘FEC’

To reiterate, buzz words like small donors, and grassroots, really are meaningless in this election cycle. Even the Center for Responsive Politics conflates donor and donations in this article below. Individual contributions are counted by the FEC when a person has donated one or more times for an amount of money that reaches or exceeds $200.

Many people, myself included, sent donations via credit card on a monthly basis. As soon as the $200 threshold is reached, every donation thereafter, whether $10 or $1000, is counted as an individual contribution. Yet, those amounts still come from one donor. (more…)

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Something is afoot!

All you acountants, help out here! Verify for your self what you think this means!

Last night, after reading the anecdotal information in Matthew Weaver’s blog on No Quarter, I decided to write one of my own. I think only time will tell whether the unverified information of which Mathew writes, represents any wide spread nefariousness.

In any event, there I was checking out the FEC web site for monthly figures, when the 2:00 am sleepies finally took over. This morning I went back. Low and behold the candidates’ figures have been changed to reflect a period through Oct 15th! (more…)

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Ah yes, the astroturf of big money: (more…)

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As Darraugh Murphy said, We ARE the ones no one was expecting! 

Riverdaughter articulated the idea well with her inaugural article in June:


If accomplishments and events are markers for our life, it seems like this weekend is a good time to put a few together in one list.

Puma PAC and coalition members have assembled in Denver. Activities and links to other groups can be found on the I Own My Vote, Just Say No Deal, Puma Pac, and The Denver Group websites. Offices are set up, and media in the ready, on site bloggers are active NOW. The organization of these groups, assembled since June, is testament to real grassroots, and not the Obama AstroTurf to which we have been subjected the last several months. (more…)

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Well, its now 2:00 PM PDT, and so far it looks like McCain is the only one of the big three, that got his monthly report in early enough for the FEC to tabulate this morning. The new sums for Clinton and Obama are reflected in the Campaign Finance Maps. Go HERE and click the relevant buttons to see the progress so far. Dennis Kucinich by the way, got his in. (more…)

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The Secret of Obama’s Campaign Success, Soft Money

In Part One I showed you how to find Senator Obama’s contributions on the FEC website. Following the drill downs, you saw not only the tabulations of his total contributions, but also the number of individual contributions. You saw how the number of contributions below an aggregate sum of $200 is contained in the remainder of “Net Contributions”, after “Party Transfers” and “Individual Contributions”, (Aggregate donations from donors, meeting the $200 threshold.), are deducted.

Depending on how many people you assign to this remainder, the TOTAL number of contributors is still probably less than 300,000. This does not correspond with the July Campaign claims of 1.5 million contributors. If you missed it, or are still unsure, check back HERE. Otherwise, keep reading.


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Please note retitles, otherwise article is as published 8/18/08.

Regarding the FEC Status Reports for Presidential Candidates and PAC’s, Due August 20th, 2008.

How to Find Obama’s Contributions and Contributors

In her article, (Must read!) about the Clinton emails, which were published in the Atlantic Monthly, BlueLyon said something with which I wholeheartedly agree:

[“It was always best, we were told, to go to the original witness or document for source material.  Furthermore, leaving out key parts of a document, just to further an ideological point of view reduces a journalist’s credibility, so Don’t Do It.”]

If original source material is the gold standard of reference material, it follows that when it comes to reporting the monthly expenditures for Candidates we should go to the original source. What is that?


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Right on time, the FEC has published John McCain’s campaign finances through 6/30/08.  If you want to see the number of individual contributions from donors who have met the $200 itemization threshold, click their page link on “Individual Contributions”. Neither Clinton, nor Obama’s reports have been published yet for the same period.

Page five of this report gives the schedule and even points out the weekend date of the 20th is still the due date. McCain and Obama recently promised openness and transparency in campaign financing. Democrats – where is that darn ball?


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